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Solomon Nyathi
My name is Solomon Nyathi. I was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal province. After completing a BSc(Hons) Chemistry degree at the University of Zululand, I joined the Institute of Applied Materials at the University of Pretoria. I did my MSc studies with the Carbon Technology and Materials group of the Institute of Applied Materials from 2005 to 2007. My MSc research work was on catalytic graphitization of cokes obtained by carbonizing a refined bituminous coal. Upon completing my MSc program, I was accepted into a PhD program at the Pennsylvania State University, USA. For my PhD studies I was with the department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, where I investigated the production of graphitic materials from cokes obtained from bituminous coal/petroleum feed blends. My PhD research work was also on the synthesis of graphitic materials from anthracitic coals. I was at the Pennsylvania State University from 2007 to 2011. I am currently with the Indiana Geological Survey, USA, where I am on a contract doing research on the production and characterization of metallurgical coke.
 
I had a good time at the Institute of Applied Materials working with Professors and students. In addition to advancing my research skills, my time at the Institute of Applied Materials helped me develop a necessary background for doing research in a wide range of carbon materials. Although I do not know what the future holds for me, I am hopeful and looking forward to making a contribution to scientific literature. [email protected]
 
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